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German Chancellor defends Merkel over Russia stance

Angela Merkel’s policy of maintaining good relations with Moscow during her tenure as the German chancellor was by no means wrong, her successor, Olaf Scholz, told the news agency dpa on Sunday. He admitted, though, that he considered Germany’s overreliance on Russian energy supply to be a mistake. When asked …

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‘Absolutely necessary’ to talk to Russia – German chancellor

The German Chancellor has insisted that it’s of the utmost importance to maintain contacts with Russian President Vladimir Putin despite criticism levelled by some sources. The talks are needed to get the West’s message across to Moscow, Olaf Scholz told the news agency dpa on Friday. Both Scholz and his French …

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Ex-German chancellor quits Russian oil giant

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Matthias Warnig, the executive director of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, are stepping down from their positions on the board of Russian oil giant Rosneft, the company reported on Friday. The two directors said they cannot keep their positions, a statement from the company …

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EU parliament votes to sanction Germany’s ex-chancellor

The European Parliament adopted a resolution urging sanctions against former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Thursday over his ties with Russia. The sanctions, imposed by the bloc over the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine should be applied “to the European members of the boards of major Russian companies and …

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German chancellor’s party loses key vote

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s party suffered a setback in an important regional election on Sunday as the Social Democrats claimed an historic low percentage of the vote. The Greens, their partners in the national government, almost tripled their support in the North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and are now poised to play …

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German chancellor responds to Ukrainian insult

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has said there is no need to “overreact” to an insulting statement made by the Ukrainian ambassador to Berlin. Andrey Melnik had earlier compared Scholz to an “offended liverwurst.” The chancellor told t-online news outlet on Sunday that it was not necessary to be overly “sensitive” to every …

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German chancellor explains caution on arming Ukraine

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has said that Berlin won’t take the lead in sending heavy weapons and vehicles to Ukraine. Pressed to do so by officials in Kiev and from within his own government, Scholz insisted that he won’t take any “hasty action” that could broaden the ongoing conflict. “I …

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Germany ‘can’t isolate’ Russia – former chancellor

Hounded by the international media and hated in his home city for his close ties to Russia, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder insists that Germany needs Russia’s vast energy supplies to maintain its industrial power. As Germany’s leaders distance themselves from calls to embargo Russian oil and gas imports, the …

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